Former Sen. Tom Casperson
Tom Casperson, a Republican former member of the state House and Senate, died Sunday of lung cancer.
Casperson, of Escanaba, worked at his family’s log trucking business before representing the Upper Peninsula in the state House from 2003 to 2010 and in the Senate from 2011 to 2018. He twice ran for the 1st Congressional District, but was defeated in the 2008 general election by then-U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) and in the 2016 GOP primary by now-U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet).
“This is terribly sad news and we’re devastated to hear of Tom’s passing. If you knew one thing about Tom, it was how much he loved the U.P. and everyone who lives there,” said state Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D-Flint), who served with Casperson for years in the Senate. “He brought that passion for his community to the Legislature every single day that he served. Andrea and I send our love and support to his family as they mourn this great loss.”
Michigan GOP Chair Laura Cox said, “I am incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of my friend, Senator Tom Casperson, after his long battle with cancer. I had the distinct pleasure of serving with him in the legislature, and I was always inspired by his commitment to our shared values and to the people of Michigan.”
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